Sunscreen: What Do You Use?


Just a really simple poll to find out what sunscreen you use or find the most EFFECTIVE.  Scroll through this list and click on the one that most applies to you and your family.  If the answer is NOT in the list, please write it in the comments at the end of the page.


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No matter what brand of sunscreen you have, make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30.

  • check your sunscreen’s label to confirm it hasn’t past its use-by date (expired).
  • apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  • reapply your sunscreen every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating (even if your sunscreen says it’s waterproof and good for four hours).
  • don’t think sunscreen means you can stay out in the sun for longer – a sunscreen’s purpose is to decrease exposure to UV radiation not to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.
  • store your sunscreen according to the label’s instructions.

What does ‘broad-spectrum’ mean?
UV radiation that damages our eyes and skin is from UVA and UVB rays. Broad-spectrum means the sunscreen will filter out both UVA (‘ageing rays’) and UVB (‘burning rays’).

When instructions on the sunscreen label are followed, SPF 30 filters around 97% of UV radiation and SPF 50 around 98%. No sunscreen provides 100% protection from UV radiation.

New Zealanders’ use of sunscreen
Despite New Zealand’s high levels of UV radiation, we’re not very good at using sunscreen on unprotected skin. Only 50% of New Zealanders use sunscreen, and fewer than half of those people reapply it.

How much sunscreen should you use?
The short answer is, probably more than you think.

Most people don’t use enough sunscreen, and therefore don’t get its full protection. If you’re an average sized adult you need to use about seven teaspoons of sunscreen (35mls or a good cupped handful) on your body – including face, hands, neck and ears.

The above was taken directly from the SunSmart website.

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